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originally posted by: Mastronaut
The great wall of Saudi Arabia may have something to do with this, maybe even the oil price fall.
Great allies one day, worst enemies the day after.
Imho the money-laundering theory holds a lot of weight, but its root isn't the fact that western allies would protect their oil interests. In fact I'd say that the first one who would go bombing SA is their biggest ally, the USA. Why? Because if you can have for yourself those resources and decide how to control them it's far better than having some kind of contract of alliance.
Germany may be the first or the only nation to do this, maybe to upset USA in retaliation for the Snowden infos, or maybe acting as a scapegoat for the European dissent, but with total collusion by NATO. Too many "maybe".
We can be at the start of a Saudi Arabian's spring revolution or we can be at the start of a massive boost to ISIS capabilities to destabilize even more the ME. I still think Saudis are behind some of the financing of ISIS so the wall may be a sign that ISIS is not anymore under their control and could be used to remove the royals from power.
I think the situation is too complex to draw a conclusion, I can imagine at least 6 or 7 realistic scenarios some of which are the opposite of each other.